How you can help!

  • Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
  • Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
  • Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad.
  • Don’t lecture on the value of life.
  • Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
  • Take any threats of suicide seriously. Don’t dare him or her to do it.
  • Stay calm. Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you.
  • Seek support. Don’t be sworn to secrecy.
  • Offer hope that alternatives are available.
  • Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
  • Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.


If you are in Crisis and are in Erie County24 Hour: 716-834-3131If you are in Crisis and NOT in Erie County1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Veterans Crisis Hotline

1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
or click here to chat online with a counselor

Crisis Text Line

Text ‘HOME’ to 741741 from anywhere in the USA to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Click here for the website

Erie County
Mental Health Mobile Response Teams

For Children

Spectrum Human Services CARES Program
716-882-HELP (4357)

For Adults

Crisis Services Emergency Outreach 24 Hour Hotline